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Kobalt Music Names Jeannette Perez as President and COO

Jeannette Perez
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Jeannette Perez

Jeannette Perez has been promoted to president and COO of Kobalt Music, a reward for her efforts driving the independent music company’s growth and success.

Announced today (Oct. 7), Perez will partner with Kobalt CEO Laurent Hubert to run the day-to-day operations.

Perez is a Kobalt stalwart with almost eight years’ experience across various roles with the company, most recently as chief experience officer.

Based in Los Angeles, Perez joined the company from Sony Music in February 2014, where she served as VP, music for brands & advertising/licensing and, before that, as senior director, soundtracks, film & TV music at RCA.

"Over the past couple of years," comments Hubert, "Jeannette has played a key part in Kobalt’s success. From creating one of the best synch teams in the business to advancing key DEI initiatives at Kobalt, she is an integral part of the company. I am excited to work in close partnership with her and to achieve new milestones for our clients."

Perez has racked up awards during her time with Kobalt, including recognition in Billboard’s Women in Music (2020, 2019), Billboard Branding Power Player (2019, 2018), Billboard International Power Player (2019), Billboard Indie Power Player (2017) and Billboard 40 under 40 (2015).

“From the moment she joined Kobalt, I knew that Jeannette would grow into a great leader," comments the company's founder and chairman Willard Ahdritz. "She has an innate understanding of our culture and leads by always keeping our clients' best interests in mind."

Kobalt Music is back to being a pure music publishing operation following an agreement to sell its AWAL distribution and music company and neighboring rights division to Sony Corp. earlier this year, in a deal reportedly worth $430 million.